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NYT Proliferates the Big Lie About Russia Threatening America

February 5th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

No nation shows greater commitment to world peace, stability and security than Russia - no leader more than Vladimir Putin.

He’s the most worthy Nobel Peace Prize candidate never to be honored, passed over for war criminals like Obama.

NYT editors mock credible journalism, proliferating the Big Lie about nonexistent “Russian aggression,” posing the greatest threat to US security.

“It is undeniable that Russia has become openly aggressive under President Vladimir Putin, who has violated sovereign borders by annexing Crimea and stoking civil war in Ukraine,” they ranted.

“A cease-fire in Ukraine was declared last year, but Russian forces still maintain a presence in eastern Ukraine, raising questions about whether Russia might try to extend its reach to the Baltic States.”

Fact: No responsible editors would touch this rubbish. They’d forthrightly denounce it.

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Longstanding Israeli Brutality

February 5th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

World leadership indifference and silence lets Palestinian hunger striker for justice Mohammad Elqeiq suffer close to death.

He’s an independent journalist, guilty of no crimes, targeted solely for doing his job. Israel accused him of “journalistic incitement” without issuing formal charges.

He’s administratively held illegally, tortured and abused in captivity, hunger striking for justice denied him, ingesting only water - now for 73 days since November 23.

His life hangs by a thread, slipping in and out of a coma, partly paralyzed, unable to speak, see, hear, stand or do anything on his own, at great risk of organ failure causing death.

In late January, Israel’s High Court rejected his petition for release, saying only it’ll continue monitoring his situation, a possible death sentence without ordering it.

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America Created Daesh (ISIS)

February 5th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

America created global terrorist groups at least since the CIA’s involvement against Soviet Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Virtually all headline-making groups are US creations, or offshoots from them, used as imperial foot soldiers - recruited from scores of countries, armed, funded, trained and directed to serve Washington’s pure evil agenda, its quest for unchallenged global dominance, its endless wars of aggressions, its ravaging and destroying one nation after another.

At a Rome news conference with his Italian counterpart Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, John Kerry was interrupted by a woman, accusing America of “creat(ing) Daesh,” shouting a vital truth in public, reported on Italian state-owned RAI television.

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Turkey Exploiting Syrian Refugee Adults and Children

February 4th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

Erdogan’s rap sheet includes deplorable high crimes, including wars of aggression, support for ISIS and other terrorist groups, internal repression, and human exploitation, notably Syrian refugee adults and children, ruthlessly exploited for profit.

A new Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (B&HRRC) report discussed Turkish exploitation of Syrian children and adults - producing garments for large European retailers, H&M and Next specifically named.

Information discovered may be the tip of the iceberg, unknown numbers of European (and perhaps American) companies involved, wanting their illicit activities suppressed.

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What do the Zapatistas and Bernie Sanders have in common? Hint: not a Revolution

February 4th, 2016

Nina M. Lozano-Reich,

The day following the Iowa caucuses, a CNN headline reads, “Bernie Sanders Improbable Revolution.” Common Dreams writes, “Astounding the World in
Iowa, Sanders’ Revolution Marches on.” South Carolina Now’s headline reads, “For Sanders, Iowa is Chance to Turn Revolution into Reality.”

On January 01, 1994, the day of the signing of NAFTA, the Zapatistas
presented themselves to the world. The Zapatistas were, and continue today, to represent the embodiment of an anti-establishment, political revolution.

In Chiapas, Mexico, they trained in secret, for years, prior to the signage of NAFTA; they saw the writing of the wall. Today, forty-one years later, this revolutionary, anti-establishment, anti-globalization, anti-neoliberal economic policies movement has resulted in six autonomous “caracoles,” (independent land sites), wherein the indigenous peoples are a fully
functioning autonomous “Gobierno bueno” (good government) body, which practices direct democracy. “Caracoles,” in Spanish, means snails. Because revolution is slow, like a snail.

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Assad’s Forces Rout American-Backed Jihadists at Golan Heights

February 4th, 2016

Eric Zuesse

A major U.S.-backed assault to win Syria’s crucial Golan Heights, by jihadist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syria’s branch of Al-Qaeda), and Harakat Ahrar Ash-Sham (the largest rebel group in Syria, though it’s ignored by Western news-media), was repelled on Saturday morning, January 30th, by the army of the non-sectarian Syrian government, the Syrian Arab Army, which are the forces of Syria’s non-sectarian Shiite President Bashar al-Assad and his ideologically non-sectarian Ba’ath Party, the only political force in Syria that insists upon separation of church and state. (The Ba’ath Party in Iraq was led by Saddam Hussein, which George W. Bush’s forces eliminated there. American regimes, both Republican and Democratic, are anti-Ba’athist, pro-jihadist.)

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Pentagon Wants Fourfold Increase in US European Military Spending to Deter Nonexistent Russian Aggression

February 4th, 2016

Stephen Lendman

America is unique among world powers, a hated and feared pariah, a neocon-infested gangster state, waging endless premeditated wars of aggression, threatening world peace.

US military spending already matches or exceeds budgets for all other nations combined, including foreign, homeland, numerous miscellaneous categories, unlimited black budgeting, frequent add-ons and unconstrained defense contractors’ cost overruns, amounting to trillions of dollars of waste, fraud and abuse over time.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter wants billions more. His warrantless justification is nonexistent threats posed by Russia, China, North Korea and Iran - peaceful nations threatening no others, unlike America’s imperial aggression, raping and pillaging one country after another.

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Putin Intends Defeating the Scourge of Terrorism

February 3rd, 2016

Stephen Lendman

His righteous mission deserves universal support. He’s committed for as long as it takes, wanting the terrorist scourge prevented from establishing a Central Asian foothold, especially kept out of Russia - a key US objective.

On Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov responded to unacceptable demands made by Syrian opposition delegates in Geneva, representing terrorist groups, ones Moscow is committed to defeat, saying: Russia’s aerial campaign will continue, intensified as needed. “I see no reason why the operation of our Air Force in Syria should be stopped as long as terrorists are not defeated yet.”

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How Corruption Cripples America's Military

February 3rd, 2016

Eric Zuesse

America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that the weaponry produced in Russia is superior overall to the weaponry produced in the United States.

Compare the top-of-the-line fighter jets of the two countries: that's the F-35 fighter-jet produced by the U.S. corporation Lockheed Martin, versus the Su-35 fighter jet produced by the Russian government (its wholly owned Sukhoi Company). The F-35 costs around $100 million per plane. The Su-35 costs around $65 million per plane.

The weaponry-expert David Majumdar headlined on 15 September 2015, “America's F-35 Stealth Fighter vs. Russia's Su-35: Who Wins?” He concluded: "Basically, an F-35 pilot should avoid a close in fight at all costs. It is highly unlikely that a U.S. Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) would assign an air superiority mission to an F-35 unit if alternatives were available. But given the tiny fleet of [F-22] Raptors and dwindling F-15C fleet, it is possible that the JFACC could be forced to use the F-35 as an air superiority asset.”

In other words: the U.S. had stopped production of the better planes, the F-22 and the F-15C, which might stand a chance against the Su-35. The U.S. stopped production of those planes in order to replace them with the inferior and far costlier (and more profitable) F-35.

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Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Boondoggle

February 2nd, 2016

Stephen Lendman

At an estimated lifetime development, production, operational and maintenance cost of $2 trillion or more (adjusted for inflation), the F-35 perhaps most of all symbolizes notorious Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse - ripping off taxpayers, using the nation’s resources irresponsibly, at the expense of vital homeland needs.

Pentagon hype calls the F-35 “a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment” - for Army, Navy and Marine Corps use, as well as for selected allies.

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